GOD'S SIMPLE PLAN OF SALVATION
The Bible declares that we are sinners before a Holy God:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23) In the eyes of God, there is none righteous or good - “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Rom3:10) “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags...” (Isa 64:6) Every man, like the moon, has a dark side which no one has seen, and which he hopes no one will ever see, especially God. If God exists, he is in trouble. For this reason, he subconsciously rejects God and labors to explain away His existence - “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” (Jn 3:19-20)
With sin comes the judgment of God:
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Heb 9:27) And with the judgment of God comes the revelation of all our sins - “... for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.” (Mt 10:26) The more righteous we are, the more we hate sins. God is absolutely righteous and He hates sins thoroughly - “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psa 9:17) Pause for a moment and think of spending eternity in hell where there is no turning back, and no second chance. And hell is a prepared place for the unprepared - “And it came to pass, that... the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments... And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” (Lk 16:22-24).
As much as God is a God of justice, He is also a God of compassion and love. He wants to save us:
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Pet 3:9) But the price of our salvation is the blood of the His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son...” (Jn 3:16) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8) Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God, the Son, came into this world some 2,000 years ago to die and pay for our sins. He died, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day.
God has ordained a way for us to be saved, and that way is through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph 2:8-9) “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:30-31)
Won't you repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ today?
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mk 8:36-37)
May I have the privilege of leading you to the Lord?
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of all my sins and help me to forsake them. I thank you for sending the Lord Jesus Christ who died for my sins and rose again the third day. Now, I believe and accept the Lord Jesus Christ to be my Saviour. Please help me to love and obey you from this day onwards. I thank you for saving me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.”
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (Jn 1:12) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Rom 10:9) There is no purgatory - “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2Cor 5:8)
It is not the magic of the words of this prayer, but the decision of your heart, that is going to save you. And if this decision of yours is sincere, you will grow to know the Lord, love Him more, and follow Him. We will eventually do what we truly believe in our hearts. Faith and works are like the light and heat of a candle; they cannot be separated.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Cor 5:17)